Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of the Allen Collection

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage6,348 tons
Completed1939 - Lithgows Ltd, Port Glasgow 
OwnerT. & J. Harrison, Liverpool 
Date of attack15 Nov 1942Nationality:      British
FateDamaged by U-178 (Hans Ibbeken)
Position32° 03'S, 33° 52'E - Grid KZ 2385
Complement66 (0 dead and 66 survivors).
RouteTamatave, Madagascar (31 Oct) - Durban (14 Nov) - Trinidad - New York - UK 
History Completed in April 1939 
Notes on event

At 01.45 hours on 15 Nov 1942 the unescorted Adviser (Master John Thurston Ling) was hit by two torpedoes from U-178 about 200 miles southeast of Durban. The U-boat had spotted the ship at 12.00 hours the day before and chased her despite of an air attack at 14.23 hours and an unsuccessful attack with a spread of two torpedoes at 23.23 hours. The Germans observed how the crew abandoned the stopped and apparently sinking ship and left the area when they heard depth charges being dropped in some distance. However, the crew reboarded the badly damaged Adviser the following morning. The ship was taken in tow by two tugs and brought safely to port in spite of bad weather, arriving in Durban on 19 November, where she was repaired and returned to service in August 1943.

On boardWe have details of 27 people who were on board

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